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Comment: Re:Maintaining a balanced position (Score 5, Informative) 409

For example, do you remember how polar bears drowning in the Arctic sea due to global warming were cited as a reason to classify them as an endangered species, and how they were used as a symbol of climate change in Al Gore's movie? The lead scientist was actually placed on administrative leave, and several questions were raised about how the bears actually died and how the corpses were observed from 1,500 up in a helicopter rather than examined to actually determine their cause of death. Whether or not they were really drowning, there just wasn't enough data to come to the conclusion that was presented to the public with the level of certainty that was conveyed.

The Charles Monnett (polar bear scientist) investigation was likely politically motivated since nothing has come of it, but either way, the agency is on-record saying that his temporary administrative leave was unrelated to his polar bear research. He is back to work as of last August. This entire climate debate is so politically charged that a "rational "healthily skeptical" position" probably doesn't exist.

Director Bromwich:
" I can assure you that the decision had nothing to do with his scientific work, or anything relating to a five-year old journal article, as advocacy groups and the news media have incorrectly speculated. Nor is this a "witch hunt" to suppress the work of our many scientists and discourage them from speaking the truth. Quite the contrary. In this case, it was the result of new information on a separate subject brought to our attention very recently."

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/boemre-director-says-offshore-oil-agency-not-witch-hunt

Comment: Value add (Score 2) 248

by dougmwne (#32127988) Attached to: iPad UK Pricing Confirmed; Apple UK Tax Applied
Why the flamebait? What they are calling the "apple tax" is really the value add tax, which must be built into the price of all products sold. Why should products be priced identically across all countries anyway? Shouldn't companies maximize their profits by pricing their wares competitively with the local market?

Comment: Mac Gaming: 1 (Score 3, Insightful) 541

by dougmwne (#31405430) Attached to: Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games
A big win for gaming on macs. Valve has a cannon of some of the best FPSs the PC has to offer. I've been exclusively buying and playing my titles through Steam for about 2 years now (the sales are spectacular). Hopefully with native Steam support, more developers will take time and expense to make their new offerings dual-platform.

Comment: Re:Old story is old. (Score 1) 238

by dougmwne (#30576808) Attached to: Extinct Ibex Resurrected By Cloning
In that case, I suggest that the /. editors pick a few of the science and technology events from here and repackage them as if they just happened. I've not heard of most of these, therefore they are new to me.

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